26 September 2017

I found this as I was clearing away old stuff. It's a page from a notebook from when Josh was in Year 5.  He had to write a few examples of complex sentences for his class work.

Even though the weather was hot, Mrs. Dale, who didn't put on sunblock, went to the beach.

Even though the water was shark-infested, Mrs. Dale went for a swim.
Even though Mrs. Dale, who had one leg bitten off by a shark, was getting sunburnt, she was as happy as ever.
Celebration of Learning day is tomorrow, but Mrs. Dale, who bled to death on the beach, was missing.
5H, who have been learning about different religions, wondered why Mr. Dale was crying.

Singwa - Wed, 27 Sep 2017

Josh has always had a quirky sense of humor. I'm beginning to appreciate this even more now that his jokes are not about farts and smelly parts. 

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19 September 2017

September has always been one of the busiest months for us, what with the first few weeks of school and all.  This year, though, seems to be even more crammed with to-do's and various activities. Z is having netball three times a week; sometimes even four, if there is a tournament on Sunday.  Both of them still have Scouts activities --on different days, in different locations.  She insists on still doing Drama.  She's joined Battle of the Books again, as well as the Elite Recorder Club. J has his Math Club and he's also learning wing chun.  On top of all that, there's piano for both of them, too. Oh, there's also Cathechism classes on Sundays.  I get exhausted just thinking about all this.

We've asked if they were willing to give up one or two of the activities and they both gave an an adamant No.  At the end of the day, if they are enjoying the activities they've signed up for and can manage with the rest of what they need to do, we are fine with it (even though we are the ones who get really tired shuttling them around!).

Last Saturday, both their troops had a joint Scout activity.  They had their Open Water Test and did various water-related activities at Hebe Haven.  J had a dragonboat race.  Z and the other Cubs were taught how to scull a dinghy, how to heave a lifeline, and learned eight different knots.  It was hot and humid as could be, but everyone had great fun. 

12 September 2017

We took a short trip to Manila last week.  It was what my soul needed.  Not the notorious Manila traffic, mind you --never that!  Don't even get me started on how bad it gets.  What made this trip special was that I got to reconnect with friends from high school, many of whom I hadn't seen in 30 years!  Everyone looked pretty much the same, albeit with a few lines here and there.  Laugh lines, I'd like to think, because the laughter came just as easily as it did back then.  Maybe even more abundantly now as we mocked how silly we were back in the days.  The humor dry, wry, and a bit sly at times, but always in good fun.  

As we reminisced, we also caught up with what each is doing now, swapped stories of our children and spouses, gossiped about those who were not present (not going to lie!).  I am smiling as I am writing this... and dreaming of halo-halo and maíz con hielo and palabok.

Singwa - Wed, 13 Sep 2017
View from the plane as we were descending into Hong Kong

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06 September 2017

w e d n e s d a y

Confession:  I'm struggling to find inspiration for posts of late.  Weird, because I've been reading more (than usual) and generally I find plenty of things to reflect on and write about from the books that I read. Not happening. Yet. I'm still waiting... 


Where do you draw inspiration for your posts?

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